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State Assembly okays child ID theft protection bill


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a bill allowing parents to freeze the credit of their children.

De Pere Republican Rep. Andre Jacque says his legislation aims to cut down on having a child's identity stolen and their credit ruined.

"As long as you're able to place that freeze, nobody but the child themselves once they turn 16, is going to be able to restart that line of credit," says Jacque.

The plan also prohibits credit reporting agencies from releasing the frozen information.

"We might, as adults, shred documents or otherwise try to limit the use of our Social Security numbers, but many times we're not thinking about our kids," says Jacque. "Unfortunately that's the weak spot in the system and identity thieves know that."

According to a statement from Jacque, this bill is important because Wisconsin's current law is reactionary; only after a minor's credit has been compromised can steps be taken to reverse the damage - a process that can often take years.  

The bill now heads to the Senate where Jacque expects it to pass.